When we entered the room we registered our entry with Norvell at the door who gave us each a plastic pot with a slot in the top and with our number on the side (the numbers were the order we arrived in the room) and wrote down which category we were entering - made and assembled by or assembled by, followed by the age group. Assembled meant that the person did not have to make the outfits themselves, they could use outfits from a variety of makers if they wished. Made by meant they had to do all the knitting and sewing themselves, though shoes and socks by others were allowed. Props are allowed and each display has to fit in a space no more than 18 inches by 18 inches. Many people provide a card giving a bit more information about their entry.
I set up my entry beside that of Peggy L who was in the other category. Therefore, in this post I'll show all the 'assembled by adult' entries first.
Assembled by adultPeggy (number 6) assembled a wonderful pass time - painting a picture and had chosen an artist inspired sweater (knitted by Diane D) for her dark haired artist to wear. Her note about the display explains:
"Simone's studio - Simone is an art student living in Greenwich village NYC in the 1960s. She's mad about Bob Dylan and even madder about Vincent van Gogh her favourite artist. Her younger sister has come from school, dropped her bags, changed and is her older sister's model. She will remain forever young in her sister's painting. Afterwards, her sister will treat her to some Dylan!"
|Card about Simone's studio|
|Simone paints her younger sister|
Her card explained:
"Donny was a little too anxious to impress his friends. His friends showed their concern and sympathy instead of laughing at him."
The photos showed the lead up to Donny's accident as he was doing tricks on his skateboard. I'm glad his friends were kind to him about it.
|Donny falls after doing tricks on his skateboard, |
his friends baby and Cora ask if he is okay
|The card explaining Donny's accident while playing|
|The lead up to the disaster for Donny|
Beth W (number 4) had chosen to depict the collection of delicious blueberries, bringing up memories of summer days in the countryside.
Her card explained:
Summer Pass-times: Summers in Maine.
For several summers in my childhood, my family travelled to Maine for vacation. I have such fond memories of picking blueberries, hiking, searching for treasure on the beach with my mother, and trying my first bite of lobster. I am so thankful that my generous parents have allowed me to continue these traditions with my children, inviting us vacation with them in Maine for the past two summers. Last year we visited Blueberry Hill, as depicted in the children's book Blueberries for Sal. This was my inspiration for the Dress a Sasha contest this year, and the photographs in the background were taken during that visit. I would like to extend a special thank you to my seamstress friend, who created these lovely outfits for Sasha and is sorely missed at the festival this year!
|Beth's card explaining about picking blueberries in Maine|
|An extract from Little Sal|
|Proudly holding a bucket full of blueberries|
|This bucket of blueberries was obviously too heavy to carry anymore!|
|Mary's joyous Baby Band|
|Recorders, xylophone and babies|
|I'm glad to see the Hedgehog has the free ear plugs as he beats the drum|
|Even a music stand|
|Keeping Forever Young with the Baby Band|
Cheryl M (number 9) went for a sporty theme and chose basketball as her game for Dress a Sasha. Her two boys are taking part in a great action shot as they get the ball in the net.
|The boys playing basketball|
Jinny M (number 12) chose to depict the joy of the seaside of 1949 in her Dress a Sasha as her baby enjoyed playing in a sandpit with lots of toys. Very sensibly a sunshade was provided too, along with Jinny's memories of the seaside.
|Baby by the sea|
|Lots of photos of Jinny's seaside memories|
|Washington DC 1949|
|Dressed in their Sunday best to visit DC|
|The woodworker had tools and a work bench|
|The young woodworker|
Her card explained:
"Playing dress-up was so much fun as a child. My sisters and I had a collection of costumes and clothes from our mother. Mom still has the bin filled with them in the attic. Just looking at it brings back wonderful memories. My Sasha doll is playing dress-up at her grandmother's house where she has found clothes her great-grandmother wore. The vintage clothes I have dressed my Sasha doll in belonged to my grandmother who loved collecting antiques, dolls and beautiful lace and linens."
|The card explaining about playing dress up|
|Looking in the mirror at Great Grandmother's dress|
|A beautiful dress for playing dress up|
Shayne T entry (number 18) gave us the glorious pass time or game of making a slimy mess! Playdoh and slime is a perennial favourite for children, and in Shayne's depiction even the pets are getting involved! Photographing this was difficult because of the light as some of the round high tables were set alongside the window, so they had to be spun around gently to photograph against the room light instead. I've lightened these as much as I can. I took these photos at different times in the day and as you can see the slime stretched and travelled a bit.
|Having fun with the slime|
|Action shot - love how the baby's pose really gives movement, I can really see these children playing|
|Slime dribbling off the table|
|Those pets are enjoying the slime too|
Made and assembled by adultThe made and assembled by adult entries follow below:
Julie R showed the joy of playing outdoors with a variety of games (number 1), it looks like hopscotch, hoola hoop, croquet and rugby were played at different times during their long periods in the garden outside the house in their comfortable playsuits.
|Hopscotch and hula hooping|
|Croquet and that looks like a rugby ball in the background|
|The tree and pram|
|Pushing the swing|
|The card explaining about the Edwardian children at play|
|The Edwardian boy pushing the swing|
|The baby and pram|
Being fans of the NY Mets seems to be the focus of this Baseball (number 10) themed group, their clothes nicely matching the colours of their team. I haven't found out who did this scene yet.
|Mets baseball fans all ready to watch the game|
|Getting ready to cheer on their team|
|Orange and green theme for the base ball enthusiasts|
Lee M's entry (number 13) focussed on memories of a young brother and sister playing ten pin bowling together.
Her card explained:
To be a champion you have to start young.
I am the youngest of three children. My brother would tell me I was too young to play some games. When he had finished playing my sister would play the game with me. My mom used to make our clothes.
|Playing with big sister because big brother wouldn't play|
|Ten pin bowling|
|The card explaining about practising to be a champion bowler|
I haven't yet identified who created the entry of the girl in pale blue on a swing (number 15).
Her card explained:
The Swing. In keeping with the "Forever young" theme, I made Sasha's dress from a dress I wore when I was about 3 or 4 years old. My grandmother made my dress. I tried to preserve as many features of the dress as a I could, such as the embroidered placket on the front, the angel wings on the sleeves with the tatting. Tucks were taken, rather than cutting, to reduce the size to fit Sasha. I wanted to preserve the integrity of the handiwork as much as possible. Swinging was one of my favourite childhood activities. Robert Louis Stevenson's poem "The Swing" was my inspiration for the scene I created.
|The girl on the swing|
|Enjoying her swing in a pretty dress|
|The card explaining about the swing|
I haven't yet identified who created this entry called Make believe (number 17) showing Peter Pan and Wendy, surely a favourite of many of us as children. Wendy is reading and dreaming of her favourite childhood characters who can fly.
|Peter Pan and Wendy|
|Dreaming and reading about flying|
|Playing in the snow|
|Snowman and sledge, hats and sweaters|
On her card she explained:
Before there were video games and remote controlled toys, there were train sets. Almost every boy dreamed of having a great train set and becoming a train engineer someday. Peter has a battery operated set, little Lee loves his wooden train and dreams of playing with the big boy train soon. Both boys had to dress the part!
|The card explaining about the boys and the trains|
|Playing trains in their boiler suits|
|Riding the trains!|
My entry in this category, in case you missed the earlier post:
|Sewing for and playing with dolls|
VotingWhen people came to vote for their favourite in each category, they were given 3 different coloured slips, one pale yellow (made by adult), one pale blue (assembled by adult) and one pale green (made by teenager). They slotted their coloured slips into the three entries they liked the best, one for each category.
|The voting category colours|
|Looking at entries to decide|
Norvell and Charla counted up the slips afterwards and placed rosettes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place on the winning entries before they were taken down by their owners.
Winners in the adult categories
Assembled by AdultFirst - Playing with slime/playdoh
|Playing with slime and its first place rosette|
Second - Woodworker
|The Woodworker with his second place rosette|
Third - Simone's studio
|Very happy Peggy with her rosette and Simone's studio|
Made and assembled by adultFirst - Edwardian children at play
|The rosette on Gerry's partly dismantled entry|
Second - Playing in the snow
|Dawn's rosette for second place|
Third - Make believe
This one was already packed away when I took photos of the winners with rosettes, so this is a repeat of my earlier photo.
|Make believe was placed third|
And as explained in part 4, my daughter's entry for 'made by teenager' won first prize.
|Pin the Tail on the Donkey with its winning rosette|
Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 and part 6 if you haven't seen them already.